Who We Are

Cleaver Fulton Rankin is one of Northern Ireland’s leading corporate law firms combining over 100 years of heritage with an innovative approach.  We’re conveniently located in Belfast city centre and employ 18 Directors, 3 Associate Directors, 10 Associates, 6 Senior Solicitors, 5 Solicitors and 11 trainees and paralegals with a total staff of approximately 100 people.

Our main practice areas are: company and commercial law, corporate finance, litigation, property law, projects and private client services. We are also well known for our specialist work in Northern Ireland in construction law, intellectual property, employment, banking, planning and environmental law, corporate recovery, IT and charity law.

We provide a full legal service to both commercial and private clients. In particular we have extensive experience in advising national and local private companies, developers, financial institutions, public institutions and quasi- public bodies, not for profit organisations and other government funded organisations.

CFR has established links with many City of London law firms and other national and regional firms.  Also, although entirely independent, we have an association with Dublin commercial law practice Matheson and so provide an all island service for our clients undertaking business throughout Ireland. We are also a member of the International Lawyers Network which gives us access to a worldwide network of commercial law firms.

Our commitment to client service and reputation for providing high quality legal advice is well known. Our quality accreditation has recently been upgraded to ISO 9001/2015 LQS, the scope of which covers “the management and administration of the firm’s legal services”.

Our staff benefit from a high level of training and resources with online legal research tools and document management systems. Our strong investment in legal practice technology ensures that we are able to deliver a direct and state-of-the-art service to our clients.

We are committed to providing the best in information security and as such have been awarded the ISO standard 27001:2013, the scope of which covers “The Management of Information Security in the Provision of Legal Services Including Corporate; Banking and Finance; Property; Planning and Environmental; Litigation; Business Restructuring/Insolvency; Employment and Equality; Private Client and Public Law and Education”



Our Mission

Cleaver Fulton Rankin missions is to focus on our clients and their legal requirements so we can help them achieve their goals and aspirations through the provision of high quality, innovative and trusted legal solutions.


Our Vision

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s vision is to become the most client focused law firm in Northern Ireland. We will be recognised as a modern and Progressive legal Practice that works together to provide innovative legal solutions for clients complex business issues.


Our Values

Client Focused – Takes ownerships of clients issues

Excellence – Commitment to the provision of straightforward excellence

Progressive – An ambitious and capable team of quality lawyers striving to stay and the forefront  of business and legal developments.

Teamwork – working and winning together as one team

Approachable – A modern and friendly law firm that takes a genuine interest in its clients and each other.

Established – With over one hundred years of heritage we are a well-established and independent firm.